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Posted on: June 28, 2022

[ARCHIVED] With eye to weather, City makes safety plans for Miller Lite July 4 Blastoff

Red fireworks against dark sky

PHOTO #1: Fireworks light up the night sky during the Miller Lite July 4th Blastoff in 2021 at the Victoria Community Center.

PHOTO #2: Fireworks will be shot from the Adult Softball Complex near the Victoria Community Center during the Miller Lite July 4th Blastoff.

With the summer off to an unusually hot and dry start, the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation is working with safety experts to make sure the Miller Lite July 4th Blastoff remains a safe and fun celebration for Victoria residents.

Kimberly Zygmant Assistant Director“Every day, we’ve been monitoring the situation and making adjustments in collaboration with the City and County fire marshal’s offices, the Office of Emergency Management and Sky Wonder Pyrotechnics,” said Parks & Recreation Assistant Director Kimberly Zygmant. “We are approaching this situation with caution so we can keep everyone safe.”

A fenced softball field in a wide-open areaThe current drought conditions prompted Victoria County to ban fireworks outside of city limits on June 21. Fireworks were already banned within city limits, but City code includes an exception for fireworks shows like the Miller Lite July 4th Blastoff because these shows are run by licensed professionals and are heavily regulated by the City Fire Marshal’s Office.

Any company seeking a fireworks show permit must submit a detailed report of the type, size and number of fireworks they will use. Based on this information, the Fire Marshal’s Office monitors the weather and the drought index to determine whether such fireworks can be used safely.

The Fire Marshal’s Office also uses the weather to determine the number and type of emergency response vehicles to keep on-site during the event. A fire inspector/investigator will monitor the event on-site along with a safety expert from Sky Wonder Pyrotechnics.

The Victoria Fire Department will have additional firefighting resources at the event to address any safety issues that may arise.

The Miller Lite July 4th Blastoff will be hosted July 4 at the Victoria Community Center. Live music begins at 5:45 p.m., and the fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Learn more

To receive updates about the event, text “ADD” to 361-200-3098.

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